Your gutter system is, relatively speaking, only a small aspect of your home exteriors. But just because it doesn’t take up as much space as your roof or your siding, doesn’t mean it should be underestimated. Your gutter system is your roof’s first line of defense from water damage, and often protects the siding of your home and your front lawn as well. Especially in winter, it’s important to have a good gutter system. If you don’t think that installing new gutters to replace a dysfunctional system is important now, here are a few home exterior issues that could stem from a poor gutter system.
The purpose of your gutter system is to catch any rain that falls onto the roof and funnel it away from the house so as to keep everything safe from water damage. When your gutters are clogged, the water has nowhere to go and instead pools on the roof. In the summer, the moisture from these pools combined with the heat from the sun can lead to issues with roof rot, which you may recognize from the ground as a dark, discolored portion of the roof. However, leaky roofs can be a problem throughout the year, and the colder the temperatures, the worse a leaky roof is for your home. In fact, if your roof has a problem with roof rot, there’s a good chance it has a leak, as well.
In addition to leaking issues in the roof, a leaking gutter system could also be a problem for the sides of your home. If your gutter system leaks, water will run down the side of your home, potentially causing water damage to your siding or even getting into the walls of your home. The excess of water can also have a negative impact on your lawn, especially if you have a flower bed or garden.
Many of these roofing issues can occur year round, but ice dams are a particular threat in the midst of winter, such as at the beginning of the year. Ice dams begin as pools of ice on your roof, and while they’re frozen, they pose very little threat. However, the problem with ice dams, the warm air from inside and the warmer daytime temperatures will slowly begin to melt just the bottom layer of ice, while keeping it trapped beneath a frozen sheen on top. Often this water will get into the shingles of your roof, causing leaks, mold, or rot problems. Once again, this usually comes back to a common culprit: a clogged or faulty gutter system.
Your gutters may be relatively small, but the protection they offer your home is immeasurable. Make sure that you keep up your gutter maintenance this year, and if you’re in need of a new gutter system, contact Homesealed Exteriors today for a free consultation.